Month: January 2018

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What is the Cloud?

It’s not atmospheric, but the term is banner‐like: sky-borne and all powerful. Before we can discuss the hot topic of shared multi-tenant environment risk in our next article, we need to take a step back and address, “What is Cloud Computing?” Sure, the cloud is out there, somewhere in the unknown, or most likely hidden …

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Government Shutdown—National Flood Insurance Program Affected

Washington pulled through with a temporary compromise on extending government funding on Monday, thereby continuing to fund many “non‐essential” services and programs – one of which is the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). However, this provides us with a three week window and if additional compromises or an agreement is not made we may find …

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Stunning Reversal by DOJ on Marijuana Enforcement

On January 4, 2018, Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a Memorandum which reverses the Department of Justice’s (DOJ’s) stance on enforcement of the Controlled Substances Act as it relates to medical and recreational marijuana that is legal at the state level. How this will impact federal prosecution of the marijuana industry is uncertain, but the …

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Never Too Much BSA Training

With new leadership at the CFPB, OCC and FDIC, one may put training expenditures on the back burner thinking regulatory relief may make training not an every‐year mandate. Until you see relief in a regulation or rule change, don’t make any assumptions because training exceptions are BSA Pillar violations. Remember, a pillar violation can trigger …

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Fraudsters Expose Identification Weaknesses

An old scam targeting financing institutions is gaining new traction as data breaches become increasingly common and more information is freely available via social media. Banks are reporting increased occurrences of fraud targeting home equity lines of credit (HELOCs). Using a spoofed caller ID, a hacked email account or a faxed request, the fraudster requests …

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